Special enrollment season offered for Illinois uninsured hit by tax penalty


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CHICAGO — Illinois residents surprised by a tax penalty for being uninsured will get another chance to sign up for coverage.

A special enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care law starts Sunday and runs through April 30.

Get Covered Illinois officials say it's the last chance for Illinois consumers who do not have coverage to avoid paying an even bigger fine when they file their taxes next year.

To qualify, consumers who missed the Feb. 15 deadline for enrollment will need to attest that when they were subject to the penalty for going uninsured in 2014. They'll also need to attest that they didn't know or understand they were subject to a penalty for being uninsured.

More information is available on the Get Covered Illinois website.

Online: https://getcoveredillinois.gov/

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